Be a Ref!


Interested in officiating football but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place and taken the necessary first step towards becoming a football official.

The TFOA is constantly looking for individuals interested in officiating football to join our association.  Football is expanding rapidly in Canada area and this has increased all association’s search for interested individuals who enjoy physical activity, teamwork, continual learning and developing new friendships.


What does it take to be a football official? – You must be physically fit, able to withstand hours of standing and running in all kinds of weather. You must have excellent eyesight. If you can control chaotic situations, resolve conflicts, and maintain a state of fairness while being a strong team player, then we want you!

Do I get paid to officiate? – Absolutely! The rate of pay varies according to the level of football you are working, obviously the higher you are able to progress, the more you can make

What can I expect in year 1? – Your first year with the TFOA will involve a lot of learning as you begin earning your stripes. You will be expected to attend a 1-day Level 1 certification clinic and obtain a uniform prior to any assignments. We will get you a rule book and help bring you up to speed on how to officiate Canadian football. On the field, you will start out in a combination of Head Linesman assignments to get comfortable as well as working as a minor official (stick crew, downs box) on higher levels of ball to help learn from those around you. We will be with you every step of the way, helping to anser questions and make sure you’re in the right position to make the call.

How do I get involved? – Send an email to our recruitment chair, Anthony Puopolo at to indicate your interest.

We will be in contact about next steps. In the meantime, keep an eye on our ‘Clinics’ page for upcoming Level 1 certification clinics hosted by TFOA. You can also check out for up to date information about clinics and materials for the entire province.

See you on the Field!